Rockies Notes: O’Dowd, Fowler, Coaches

The Rockies' season didn't go anywhere close to how they'd hoped, as it was marred by significant injuries to Troy Tulowitzki and disappointing performances from highly touted trade acquisitions such as Drew Pomeranz and Alex White. Jim Tracy resigned as the club's skipper yesterday, but that's not the end of news relating to the Mile High City's team…

  • The Denver Post's Patrick Saunders told readers in a recent mailbag piece that GM Dan O'Dowd is safe for the foreseeable future. O'Dowd still has the confidence of owner Dick Monfort, though O'Dowd is no longer responsible for day-to-day baseball operations following an August front office restructuring. Former assistant GM Bill Geivett assumed the role of senior VP of Major League operations in that shuffle.
  • Within that same piece, Saunders reports that the team is not actively shopping Dexter Fowler, but confirms earlier reports that they will entertain offers on Fowler in order to acquire young pitching.
  • Saunders also notes that the Rockies have asked the Marlins for permission to interview scout Mark Wiley to serve as the director of pitching operations. If that happens, former Royals and Red Sox pitching coach Bob McClure is likely to be brought in as pitching coach.
  • Saunders' colleague Troy Renck reports that the Rockies have dismissed hitting coach Carney Lansford and third base coach Rich Dauer. Saunders noted in his piece that Geivett's authority to mold the coaching staff as he sees fit could have played a role in Tracy's decision to resign.

10 Responses to Rockies Notes: O’Dowd, Fowler, Coaches Leave a Reply

  1. RippinNTearinAB 3 years ago

    Want young pitching?

    Delgado, Teheran, Hanson.

    • bobrewer 3 years ago

      Came here to say the same thing. There’s a definite matchup here.

    • TheHotCorner 3 years ago

      I was thinking the exact same thing. We need a CF and have young pitching. I would rather have Fowler come in then attempt to keep Bourn.

      • RippinNTearinAB 3 years ago

        I don’t see why anyone would go for Bourn over Fowler. When Bourn was traded to the Braves in 2011, his numbers were not impressive as a Brave. This year, he was great in the first 4 months, but regressed down the stretch again.

      • RippinNTearinAB 3 years ago

        Didnt realize he was from Atlanta. Okay yeah, get it done.

  2. $17867741 3 years ago

    “disappointing performances from highly touted trade acquisitions such as Drew Pomeranz and Alex White”.

    Well, look at it this way: The Rockies’ FO takes 100% of the fault. These kids were rushed into the big-leagues far too quickly, and the organization should have known better.

    Pomeranz should have spent at least 4 – 5 months between AA and AAA, and maybe 1 month of MLB. Conversely, Alex White was definitely was more ‘MLB-ready’ than Pomeranz, but with unimpressive numbers in AAA Colorado, how could he possibly be successful in MLB? White should have spent 3 – 4 months in AAA.

    It’s one thing to aggressively promote young players; it’s another drop two rookies into a sink-or-swim environment.

    Hopefully the old adage is true: That which does not kill us makes us stronger.

    Otherwise the Rockies could have wasted two potential talents.

  3. DerangedAngry Hilbilly 3 years ago

    I always wondered why the Rockies didn’t only draft and/or sign sinkerballers. in that park, it seems the more gound balls the better. I could see the elevation hurting a 4 seam/curve guy, but a sinker/slider guy? seems like it wouldn’t affect it THAT much.

    • Red_Line_9 3 years ago

      They’ve tried that, and it’s easier said than done…their best seasons were with Jeff Francis and Ubaldo Jimenez in the rotation.

      • DerangedAngry Hilbilly 3 years ago

        it seems that they could get away with an avg “away” offense, if they spent most of their cash on top flight sinkerballers.since half of their games could make the Mariners look like the 27 Yankees anyway….

  4. Jonathon Niese is a starting point….

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